Today EA brought their freemium iOS hit Monopoly Hotels to Google Play. In the game you play a hotel mogul, building various themed rooms and catching money from the sky to build your hotel up. Upgrading your rooms brings VIP guests like Mr. Potato Head and G.I. Joe to your hotel. Achievements can be unlocked via in-app purchases, but EA has built a game that is fun no matter how you choose to play it. » Read the rest
While everybody is anxiously waiting for Google to hit us with new tech, software and the like at Google I/O this year, we’ve been hoping to hear about the next version of our favorite OS. Signs have pointed to Key Lime Pie being the next version and rumors show it to be Android 5.x.x. Even though it’s safe to expect Google to show off a new flavor of Android at the conference this year, another rumor suggests that KLP won’t be ready for prime time by then. Not to rain on everyone’s parade, but new information discovered by Artem Russakovskii of Android Police may add some weight to the latter of the two rumors.
Sony announced today that they have opened the software code for their Sony Xperia Z smartphone to the Android Open Source Project. The software has been uploaded to Sony’s GitHub. Between that and information available at Sony’s Developer World site, external developers should have everything they need to get started. The project will be overseen by the same people who were over the Sony Xperia S AOSP. Sony points out that the software is not intended for everyday use and several apps and services one might expect on a standard smartphone are not present. Hit the break for a short video about the project and some shots of what is included in the code. » Read the rest
Just a couple weeks ago Google started pushing out an update to the Google Play Store taking it to version 4.0. The major update brought an overhauled UI that incorporates a Holo-esque, Google Now look. Since then Google has been addressing some bugs and other minor issues and this latest revision, taking the app up to version 4.0.26, is no different. The update has started rolling out to users, but if you are too impatient for that, you can download the apk using the link below.
In a recent interview, Google’s very own Larry Page has finally confirmed that Google Glass does indeed run the Android operating system. While it was widely assumed so, no official confirmation has ever been made until now. While it is a modified version of Android, it is nice to see the flexibility of Google’s operating system and it’s diversity in cross-platform.
What does this mean for Glass’ future? Well, integration with Glass and your Android powered smartphone or any other device would be easy and probably recommended.
Does this confirmation make you guys any more excited for Google’s Glass’ impending release?
For those of you who like to hack and crack your phones, there is good news! Members of the XDA Developers forums have reported a successful Bootloader unlock on the AT&T version of the HTC One. According to sources, the same methods used on the International version to root and install ClockWorkMod will also work on the US version. » Read the rest
It’s certainly long overdue, but Motorola has finally started the initial rollout of the coveted Jelly Bean update to the DROID Bionic smartphone. The update will bring the software build to 98.72.22.XT875 and the Android software to version 4.1.2. Owners of the device will be treated to the usual JB goodies like Project Butter, Google Now and a smoother UI. Additionally, Motorola/Verizon have tossed in Visual Voicemail and an enhanced mobile hotspot capability.
While the initial rollout is official, Verizon will start pushing out the update in phases from Monday, so owners will need to be patient for just a wee bit.
source: Verizon Wireless
Microsoft has finally released a Tablet version of its ever popular Xbox SmartGlass Android app. The app is compatible with Tablets with screen sizes 7″ and larger, and is available for immediate download on the Google Play Store. Hit the break below for the download link.
As is the case with the Xbox SmartGlass smartphone app, Tablet user’s will be able to:
• Navigate their Xbox 360 with swipe and tap
• Use a phone’s keyboard to type to a user’s Xbox 360
• Browse the Internet on an Xbox 360 with full keyboard and zooming
• Play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on an Xbox 360
• Search the full Xbox catalog of music, video, and games
• Enjoy rich, interactive experiences from select game and entertainment content creators
• Track and compare your achievements with your Xbox friends
• Change up user’s 3D avatars
• Message Xbox friends
• Edit Xbox profiles » Read the rest
App developers are finding more and more ways to take advantage of Widgets in Android. As any Android fan knows, Widgets are one of the major benefits of using Android over iOS. Widgets give us the ability to preview apps without having to open them time-and-time again (wipe the drool from your chins Apple fanboys [and girls]).
As awesome as Widgets are, developers continue to strive to make them that much better. Applay, headed up by XDA Senior Member liorry, has done just that with its “Overlays” app. Overlays enables users to “take any existing widget and effectively pin it on top of any currently running application.” Hit the break for a gallery of images and download links for both the paid for and free versions of the app. » Read the rest
Not to be outdone by the competition, Tumblr rolled out their newly redesigned Android app today on the Google Play Store. The latest iteration brings with it some pretty amazing updates. The app, which is available immediately for download, has an all new “post anything” screen that lets users post:
- Text (with a single tap)
Advanced controls will also enable users to save drafts, queue posts, and customize tweets. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new “post anything” screen. » Read the rest